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Did You Know? What is a 'dit/dite' name?  When the first settlers came to Canada from France it was a custom to add a 'dit' nickname to the surname. The English translation of 'dit' is 'said'. The Colonists of Nouvelle France added 'dit' names as distinguishers. A settler might have wanted to differentiate their family from their siblings by taking a 'dit' name that described the locale to which they had relocated. The acquiring of a 'dit' name might also be the result of a casual adoption, whereby the person wanted to honor the family who had raised them. Another reason was also to distinguish themselves by taking as a 'dit' name the town or village in France from which they originated. This custom ended around 1900 when people began using only one name, either the 'dit' nickname or their original surname.

Source: American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket, Rhode Island (

Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? In New France, the habitant's homes were commonly built of felled timber or of rough-hewn stone, solid, low, stocky buildings, usually about twenty by forty feet or thereabouts in size, with a single doorway and very few windows. The roofs were steep-pitched, with a dormer window or two thrust out on either side, the eaves projecting well over the walls in such manner as to give the structures a half-bungalow appearance. With almost religious punctuality the habitants whitewashed the outside of their walls every spring, so that from the river the country houses looked trim and neat at all seasons.

Source: Daily Life in New France ( french/ daily_life_in_new_france.htm)

Over time, Quebec has gone through a series of name changes.

From its inception in the early 1600s until 1760, it was called Canada, New France
1760 to 1763, it was simply Canada
1763 to 1791 - Province of Quebec
1791 to 1867 - Lower Canada
1867 to present - Quebec, Canada

Thanks to Micheline MacDonald for providing this information.

Chambly, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-Chambly) - Église de Saint-Joseph-de-Chambly, est. 1665
164, rue Martel, Chambly, QUÉBEC
Source: Google maps
Chambly, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-Chambly)
Église de Saint-Joseph-de-Chambly, est. 1665
164, rue Martel, Chambly, QUÉBEC
Source: Google maps


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immigrant Carignan-Salières Soldier flag  Jean  Bessette (Besset) dit Brisetout

  (b. abt. 1643, France   d. 5 January 1707Chambly, Canada, New France )  

Jean Bessette (Besset) dit Brisetout was born abt. 1643 in , France. Jean Bessette (Besset) dit Brisetout was the child of

Jean was a Carignan-Salières soldier, arriving in New France in 1665.

He married  Anne Seigneur 3 July 1668 in Québec Province, Canada .  The couple had (at least) 4 children. Anne Seigneur  was born 1 March 1649 in Rouen, France .  She died 4 July 1733 in Chambly, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-Chambly) . 

Jean Bessette (Besset) dit Brisetout died 5 January 1707 in Chambly, Canada, New France .

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Occupation: Soldat du regiment de Carignan

Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)

Jean Bessette (Besset) dit Brisetout married immigrant Fille du Roi flag Anne Seigneur-- Date: 3 July 1668 Place: , Québec Province, Canada
Le Programme de recherche en démographie historique - Univeriste de Montreal 

Added: 1/9/2015 10:26:37 AM  

flag Marie Bessette (Besset) (b.abt. 1669, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 18 May 1714, La Prairie, Canada, New France )

flag Jean Bessette (Besset) (b.27 December 1672, Boucherville, Canada, New France   d. 8 May 1751, Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu, Canada, New France )

flag Marie-Marguerite Bessette (Besset) (b.abt. 1681, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 8 July 1760, Montréal, Canada )

flag François Bessette (Besset) (b.26 July 1685, Chambly, Canada, New France   d. 3 June 1764, Chambly, Province of Québec, Canada )

1668 Marriage / Partner
Jean Bessette (Besset) dit Brisetout and Anne Seigneur 3 July 1668, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec)

1672 Birth of Child
Jean Bessette (Besset) was born 27 December 1672, Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville)

1685 Birth of Child
François Bessette (Besset) was born 26 July 1685, Chambly, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-Chambly)

5 January 1707
Chambly, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-Chambly)

Added: 1/9/2015 10:25:09 AM

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